Last Minute Shoppers, Unite!

We’re Open Christmas Eve 9am-4pm
Stop by for Dutch cookies and last minute gifts. We still have lots of great designs in stock and ready to go. Downtown should be busy, festive AND we wrap for free!

Stocking Stuffers from Acme Farms & Kitchen
Just in time for last minute shopping, we now have a nice selection of delicious, regionally sourced treats that are perfect for stockings. From salted chocolate chip cookie mix to out of this world caramel sauce, we’ve got tasty treats for stockings and more. Thanks, Acme Farms & Kitchen!

As always, if you need help or are rushed for time, call 360-752-5522 or email us with any questions.

Holiday Hours
A few changes to our regular hours over the next week:

  • Monday, 12/25 – Closed
  • Tuesday, 12/26 – Closed
  • Sunday, 12/31 – 12-3pm
  • Monday, 1/1 – Closed

We’re grateful to be celebrating our 10th holiday season this year. Thank you for supporting our locally-owned-and-operated business!

-Kathleen, Lisa, Julia, Taylor & Annie

Gift Pairings with Local Shops

We love our neighborhood of downtown Bellingham and feel fortunate to be situated near so many other fantastic locally-owned businesses. It’s easy to shop local, and even more fun when you can partner up two great local offerings in one gift. Here are a few pairings we think are fun and festive. As always, we have many more ideas so give us a call 360-752-5522 or email if you are stumped!

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun. Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Hooray!

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Gifts to Pamper

Here are some choices for special treats to pamper someone you love…or yourself! Whether making a room cozier with a lovely candle or adorning a friend with a pretty necklace, these gifts make us think of coziness and indulgence. As always, we have many more ideas so give us a call 360-752-5522 or email if you are stumped!

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun. Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Hooray!

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Small Yet Mighty Gifts

Stocking Stuffers for Grown Ups
Good things come in small packages! Here are our picks for interesting, unique designs to tuck in a stocking or pop in the mail. Don’t let their size fool you – these gifts make a big impression.

  • Extended Holiday Hours have begun! Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 11am-6pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new.
  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Yes, indeed.

Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon…

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Gifts for Kids

We are all stocked up with creative, fun gifts perfect for stockings and beyond. Below are some of our newest additions – as always, call us (360-752-5522) or email if you have questions or are stumped!

  • Did you know we gift wrap – for FREE? Yes, indeed.
  • Extended Holiday Hours start next week! December 11 through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 10am-6pm. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.

Stay tuned for your next gift guide, coming soon…

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Downtown Art Walk is this Friday, December 1!


Our festive holiday window, featuring Marimekko, Flensted Mobiles, MoMA ornaments, and more.

Join us during Art Walk this Friday, December 1, 6-9 for our Holiday Open House. Enjoy the shop this festive evening with complimentary Dutch cookies and a free gift with every purchaseACME Farms & Kitchen will also be helping us celebrate Art Walk. Stop by to check out a preview of their tasty seasonal boxes and pick up a coupon for these special holiday offerings.

We have dozens and dozens of new designs in stock for the holidays! If you can´t make it in, every day we´re adding more to our website. Updates include stocking stuffer and holiday categories. Check back frequently as new shipments arrive daily.

We’ll be sending out short lists of our favorite gift ideas starting next week…as usual, we’ve got everyone on your list covered with gifts of good design. In the meantime call 360-752-5522 or email us with any questions.

Many Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed this Thursday to celebrate the holiday with our families and wish you a festive day filled with laughter and delicious food. After a good night’s sleep, should you decide to venture downtown on Friday, we will be back in the shop ready to help you at 10 a.m.

Shop Small Saturday – November 25

Please join us on Saturday, November 25 for Shop Small Saturday, when many of your favorite locally-owned businesses will be offering treats and festivity throughout the day. We’ll have delicious Dutch cookies as a treat and will be offering a free gift with any purchase over $50 while supplies last. Thank you for shopping locally and supporting Bellingham’s small businesses!

Downtown Art Walk – December 1

We’ll be open late for Art Walk on Friday, December 1 with an open house celebrating our 10th holiday season. The shop is all decked out and we have gifts ready to wrap for everyone on your list. Head downtown to enjoy the holiday atmosphere, grab a bite to eat and be sure to stop by Ideal where we’ll be offering a free gift with purchase throughout the evening. Our friends from Acme Farms + Kitchen will have samples of their delicious holiday offerings, as well as coupons toward these special boxes.

Happy Thanksgiving to you. We are grateful each day for your support of our locally-owned-and-operated shop!

Your Ideal Staff
(Lisa, Kathleen, Taylor, Annie, and Julia)

ReMade: Nature Opens Friday, November 3

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project! Join us Friday, November 3 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs made locally by the Junior class of WWU Industrial Design.

 ReMade challenges students to design with sustainability in mind, encouraging the reuse, recycling, or repurposing of material. This year the junior studio is presenting 12 design solutions that primarily, if not entirely, utilize materials founr in nature. As usual, a small production run of each product will be available for purchase at Ideal from November 3rd through November 17th, while supplies last.

In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale. Students receive a large percentage of ReMade sales as incentive to design and make superior work.

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Valentine Gifts and Pop-Up Shop with Acme Farms + Kitchen!

We are collaborating with our friends at Acme Farms + Kitchen and Triple Wren Farms to offer a pop up shop with delightful gifts for you and yours! Saturday, Feb 11 – Tuesday, Feb 14, we will have a selection of sweet treats from Acme Farms + Kitchen for sale along with other well-designed treats for your Valentine.

Best of all, you can pre-order ready-made dinner for two from Acme or a beautiful bouquet from Triple Wren ready to gift in a Bauer Pottery vase. Simply place your order by Sunday night (2/12), then pick up your dinner and flowers Tuesday at Ideal. Place your order for dinner or flowers on Acme’s website.

Gifts for Creative Kids

We love toys that need no batteries and encourage creativity in kids and grown ups. Here are some of our favorite picks currently in stock. As always, we have many more ideas so email or call 360-752-5522 if you need help.

Everything you need to create your own cuddly owl friend. Kit includes stripey sock, felt sheets, cotton stuffing, beads, thread, felt pieces, needle, and instructions.

Make Your Own Sock Owl – $20

These colorful tiles snap together using magnets and can be configured in endless constructions. Not only fun, they help with fine motor skills for younger children, while encouraging spatial reasoning and geometric understanding for older kids.

Magna-Tiles, 32 Piece Set – $52

Make and decorate your own keychain. In fact, the kit includes enough materials to make two keychain dolls so invite a friend over!

Wood Bead Keychain Doll- $9

Over 90 pieces of different shapes which can be connected together in countless formations. Build tall, build wide, build abstract or representational. Hang from the ceiling and turn your creation into a mobile. The possibilities are endless. Grownups like these just as much as kids.

Shapescapes – $35

These food-grade silicone placemats are hand-silkscreened with engaging illustrations just waiting to be colored in by kids. Using dry erase markers, this mat is transformed into a coloring book that can be wiped clean and recolored again and again.

Modern Twist Mark-Mat + Markers – $25

Old school fun. This 37-piece set is just as great now as it was in the 1930s. Made in the USA.

Log Cabin In a Box – $10

This cheery, sun-shaped disc is perfect for nighttime reading, camping, outdoor festivals, and more.  To charge, simply set in the sun with charger side up. A five hour charge results in ten hours of soft light or four hours of bright light. It hangs on a lanyard to provide hands-free light when needed.

Little Sun Solar Lamp – $30

Explore the world with this color-in map, complete with animal and landmark stickers, plus colored pencils.

Citizen of the World Map – $5

Design this digital watch just how you want it. Decorate the Tyvek band with pens, pencils, stickers, you name it.

Paper Watch – $12

Everything you need to create six different origami designs of varying difficulty. Includes 50 sheets of assorted sized origami paper and instruction booklet.

Origami Set – $8

A busload of animal crayons perfect for small hands to grip. This set of six is plastic, rather than wax, eliminating flaking and mess.

Animal Crayons, $6